| Mar 8, 2013
Neil Shubin has the wide, happy eyes of a Muppet and the casual, ingratiating prattle of a car salesman. His thick, graying hair lends gravitas. He has written a new book, and on a bitter afternoon in Hyde Park he is explaining to me how he writes....
| Feb 19, 2013
| 4:31 AM
After Competitors in the 2013 Python Challenge™ had trekked through more than a million-acres of swamps and sawgrass in search of the invasive Burmese python, which can grow to more than 17-feet in length in the wild, the Florida Fish and Wildlife...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 6:31 PM
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, paid $994,708 in federal taxes on gross income of $3,142,066 in 2010, according to copies of the couple's joint tax return that his campaign released at the start of Thursday night'...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 9:23 AM
SEATTLE - Historical sightseeing may never be the same again. Now parents can tell their children to bring their smartphones with them for a nature walk, and national parks may want tourists to leave something behind.
Geocaching, a form of high-tech...
| Nov 29, 2011
Margie Petersen, a philanthropist who with her late husband, publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen, established the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, has died. She was 76.
Petersen, who also served on the museum's board of directors, died Friday...
| Nov 3, 2011
| 4:00 AM
They are whimsical symbols of the beach, appearing on key chains, murals, logos and postcards. They form inseparable, monogamous couples. And they are hauled from the sea in nets, ground into powder for traditional Chinese medicine and dried for sale in...
| Dec 11, 2010
Usually, a fall road trip to Gainesville involves a visit to the Swamp for a football game involving the mighty Florida Gators.
But the Gators aren't so mighty this year, and the stadium on the University of Florida campus was quiet when I was in town...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 1:06 PM
"Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy"
By Melissa Milgrom
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, 304 pages
Thank goodness Melissa Milgrom's family lived near Schwendeman's Taxidermy Studio in Milltown, New Jersey. "Everyone knew the queer little shop,”...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 2:16 PM
The lithographs in Joy M. Kiser's "America's Other Audubon" are works of great beauty and scientific accuracy. But behind them is a tragedy — the story of a hugely ambitious undertaking begun in heartbreak and completed in grief.
The art book...
| Jun 3, 2012
| 8:11 PM
Towards the end of this quiet though affective episode, Glen Bishop asks Don, "Why does everything turn out crappy?" Yikes, the kid is right. Well, in this hour anyway.
First things first: Saddled by severe money woes, a perceived failure in business and...
| Feb 26, 2011
When I first began visiting the Florida Museum of Natural History with my kids in the mid-1990s, the buzz was all about dinosaurs and bones, topics of interest for little boys in the era of post-"Jurassic Park" dino fever.
Now, the main attraction is...